High interest reading passages. Because your kids love solving problems | Mentoring in the Middle

High interest reading passages. Because your kids love solving problems

It's getting to be that time of the year when you're trying to keep kids from tuning out, right?  For some of you, the end of the year is a week or two away.  For others, you still have a month or more.

This is the perfect time to get students working on my hands-on projects.  I have a variety of project-based learning resources that might be helpful at this point in the year.  

I didn't want them to stop reading though, so time for independent reading was still a priority, as was our read-aloud.  Read-aloud was about as sacred a time as I could maintain in my class, and we tried to get to it for 10-15 minutes every day.

 📖Small and engaging reading passages are great at this time of the year, too.  They keep kids reviewing comprehension skills, you ensure that skills are still growing, and you get grades for their report cards.

Who doesn't like Legos?  I had a tub of them in my classroom and kids played with them often during free time.  This passage explores the who, when, where, and how of the arrival of Legos into children's worlds, and their variety and increasing complexity.

Have kids read individually or with a partner and then team up to move around the room for the scavenger hunt, looking to be the first to answer all the questions!  Take a look at the product here!

You can read more about the reading passage and scavenger hunt in this blog post.

Who decided that our alphabet should be 26 letters?  How did the shapes of each letter get determined?  Your students will learn all this and more when they read this passage, again, either individually or with a partner.  There are two versions of the passage, so you can differentiate according to your student's needs.

Then, working with a partner or team, they solve the four challenges to escape the room.  Fun and engaging for all!  You can take a closer look at it here.

I've always been fascinated by outer space so some of that love got passed on to my students when we used an anthology that focused on Mars at the end of the year.  Learning about NASA is a bit like science mixed with magic!  

So, giving students this passage and then letting them find their way out of a maze, while having to go back and reread portions of the passage?  Yeah, that's a win!

Take a closer look here.  

Read about the different Mars resources I have available here.

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